contemporary poetry

Melodrama, MFAs, and Life as a Movie: Carina Finn talks with Lisa Marie Basile

July 3, 2012
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I wanted to create a space where I could be honest without feeling required to adhere to some arbitrary notion of what was True.

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Poetry Scenes: Portland — OR Stumptown Renaissance: How Portland Learned to Love Poetry (Again)

April 23, 2012
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Portland just feels different.

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The Letters of Samuel Beckett

February 2, 2012
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In order to write, Beckett first had to wipe the slate clean and wipe out conventional notions about the nature of human reality.

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On Gene Tanta’s “Critical Introduction to Unusual Woods.”

October 30, 2010
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Even though both the form and content of Gene Tanta’s work are particular to his Romanian-immigrant experience, he insists that his poetry is accessible to everyone. His poetry, he says, exists both as aesthetic objects and political propaganda. This is absolutely true about all poetry, not just his own. Inevitably, literary criticism will come to see that literature is always both.

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Surrealism Re-Imagined

October 11, 2010

At its heart, surrealism wages a political and ideological battle through language. By creating impossible images through placing disparate objects side-by-side, poetry dismantles and re-formulates our perceptions and conceptions of reality.

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